Price: At $250, the Phantom Gaming 6 is the least expensive X399 motherboard, which is its main selling point, and a good selling point. While you are limited, especially in overclocking, to the 180W SKUs, the motherboard is still a great bang for the buck.
2.5G LAN: You wouldn't expect the least expensive X399 motherboard to carry 2.5Gbit LAN, but in this case it does have the Realtek LAN controller and Intel Gbit LAN.
Simple Aesthetics: Some people just want the motherboard to fade into the background of their case, and the Phantom Gaming 6 can do that, but also look good if you need it too. The motherboard also has multiple RGB LED headers to light things up as well as some RGBs under the PCH heat sink.
250W CPU support: There are some reviews of this motherboard that used the 2990WX, and to be honest, it's the wrong CPU for this motherboard. ASRock says this motherboard supports 180W CPUs, and the 2990WX is a 250W CPU, so we highly recommend sticking to the 180W SKUs, especially if you are going to OC.
One of the main selling points of the X399 platform over the X299 platform is affordability, and the X399 Phantom Gaming 6 brings this advantage to the forefront of the platform war. It's super affordable, offers a high amount of features including a 2.5Gbit NIC, offers some decent styling with the heat sink covering the IO area, and offers RGB LED headers and the like.
While we realize the motherboard can run 250W TDP CPUs, officially it's rated for 180W, and we didn't even want to try running it with PBOD enabled. We thought working with the motherboard was quite manageable, and we enjoyed having the basic power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons. We also like that ASRock included a WIFI M.2 slot, so you can add in WIFI later on. If you are looking for a solid affordable X399 motherboard for your 180W CPU, give the ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 a look.
The Bottom Line
While this motherboard is quite affordable, ASRock loaded it with a 2.5G NIC and all the features the X399 chipset has to offer.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Overview]
- Page 3 [ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 10 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]